Dredger Sospan Dau kicks off capital dredging in Lowestoft

Boskalis hopper dredger Sospan Dau has commenced capital dredging operations in the Outer Harbor at the Port of Lowestoft.

Photo courtesy of ABP

The start of capital dredging of the Outer Harbor and channel approaches represents significant milestone in the construction of the Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF).

TSHD Sospan Dau began dredging on Monday 29 April, and will be supported by small survey craft ‘Sea Eagle’. This follows initial works that have been undertaken by grab dredger UKD Cherry Sand.

The dredge, totaling 170,000m3, will facilitate minimum depth berth pockets of 7.5m. This depth will mean Lowestoft is able to accommodate the next generation of offshore support vessels, marking a crucial step towards transforming Lowestoft into an offshore energy hub.

The whole dredging operations is due to complete in August 2024 and is being carried out with a commitment to the highest environmental standards, and in accordance with ABP’s works’ marine license.